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Suzuki breaks through the 50 000-unit sales mark
12th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) has broken through the 50 000-units-a-year sales barrier for the first time in its history. The year in question is the company’s financial year, running from... 


Toyota adds Hilux, Fortuner hybrids to its local production line-up
12th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has added the Hilux double-cab and Fortuner 48 V mild hybrids to its local production line-up at its Durban plant, in KwaZulu-Natal. The addition of the new models... 


Toyota, Ford and VW shine in AutoTrader report
12th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

In 2023, Toyota took top position as South Africa’s most sold used-car brand, with 60 296 units changing hands, while the Ford Ranger reigned supreme as the country's most sold model, at 20 156... 


WeBuyCars lists on the JSE
11th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Preowned-vehicle sales specialist WeBuyCars on Thursday listed on the main board of the JSE under the share code WBC. The listing follows WeBuyCars’ unbundling from Transaction Capital, which also... 


Automotive experts unpack NEV growth projections, impact on platinum demand
11th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As new energy vehicle (NEV) sales grow more moderately in reality than what was expected two years ago, demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) in the automotive sector is not trailing off as... 


Cape Town takes second stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service
10th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling... 


Zero Carbon Charge says it will build 120 off-grid e-truck charging sites
9th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Electric vehicle charging startup, Zero Carbon Charge, has launched a new subsidiary, Zero Carbon Logistics, which it says will roll out 120 off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) electric truck charging... 


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Components & Aftermarket

GAC Motor joins inflow from China; Ramsoomar appointed as MD
25th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

China’s GAC Motor has appointed Salvador Caetano Auto as the distributor and retailer of GAC vehicles, spare parts and related services in South Africa (SA). GAC Motor is a subsidiary of the... 


Toyota launches expanded accessories programme in South Africa
13th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has launched a new programme called Associated Accessory Products (AAP). The local arm of the Japanese car maker says this one-stop-shop offering will complement... 


Metair’s shares rise on expectation of higher earnings
11th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The share price of JSE-listed energy storage and automotive components company Metair rose by more than 26% on March 11, after the company announced that it expected to report earnings a share of... 


Volkswagen SA spends big to counter loadshedding, now sole Polo supplier
8th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group South Africa, now trading as Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA), is investing R55-million to generate 3 MW in additional solar energy for its assembly plant in Kariega, in the Eastern... 


'Asian brothers' coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss
8th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Motus’ stable of imported vehicle brands – Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi – all experienced a tough six months towards the end of last year. Speaking at the company’s financial results... 


African experts meet to discuss auto industry standardisation
4th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

South Africa is hosting the African Organisation for Standardisation Technical Committee 59 (ARSO/TC 59) this month to discuss technical standardisation within the African automotive industry. The... 


Tyre stakeholders team up against illicit tyre trade
1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African Association of Freight Forwarders, the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC), the Tyre, Equipment and Parts Association (Tepa) and the Tyre Importers Association of... 


New Technology

Aqora rebrands, aims to make battery cells in Cape Town
1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter

South African energy company Aqora has rebranded to become Afrivolt, says MD Deshan Naidoo. The firm’s goal, however, remains the same – opening a lithium-ion cell gigafactory in South Africa, able... 


Pay-per-load electric truck group to roll out next-gen vehicle in March
28th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Pay-per-load trucking company OX Delivers will start building the third generation OX4 electric truck in March, with knock-down kit delivery for assembly in local markets to follow. “Based on... 


Settling on funding solutions for expedited grid infrastructure set as a Just Energy Transition Investment Plan priority
27th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Finalising funding solutions for the expedited expansion of South Africa’s electricity transmission grid has been identified as a key priority for the Just Energy Transition (JET) project... 


‘Asian brothers’ coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss
27th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Motus’ stable of imported vehicle brands – Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi – all experienced a tough six months at the end of last year. Speaking at the company’s financial results... 


Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African new-car market has been shifting steadily over the last few years as consumers continue to battle persistent economic headwinds. Times are tough. Interest rates, living costs,... 


Auto industry pleased with EV allocation, but more will be needed – Naamsa
22nd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council has welcomed the announcementby Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in his Budget Speech on Wednesday that government will offer financial support for the... 


Electric buses to be rolled out in Tshwane, eThekwini
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tshwane and eThekwini could see the roll-out of 39 electric commuter buses by the end of next year. The introduction of the zero-emissions vehicles will form part of a pilot project funded by the... 


Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans

Suzuki breaks through the 50 000-unit sales mark
12th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) has broken through the 50 000-units-a-year sales barrier for the first time in its history. The year in question is the company’s financial year, running from... 


Toyota, Ford and VW shine in AutoTrader report
12th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

In 2023, Toyota took top position as South Africa’s most sold used-car brand, with 60 296 units changing hands, while the Ford Ranger reigned supreme as the country's most sold model, at 20 156... 


Toyota adds Hilux, Fortuner hybrids to its local production line-up
12th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has added the Hilux double-cab and Fortuner 48 V mild hybrids to its local production line-up at its Durban plant, in KwaZulu-Natal. The addition of the new models... 


WeBuyCars lists on the JSE
11th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Preowned-vehicle sales specialist WeBuyCars on Thursday listed on the main board of the JSE under the share code WBC. The listing follows WeBuyCars’ unbundling from Transaction Capital, which also... 


New-vehicle sales plummet 11.7% in March
3rd April 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales plummeted by 11.7% in March, to 44 235 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales for the first quarter of the year are now 5.3% below the same period last year. 


Toyota launches expanded accessories programme in SA
29th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has launched a new programme called Associated Accessory Products (AAP). The local arm of the Japanese carmaker says this one-stop-shop offering will complement... 


Metair to tackle high debt, gauge Mutlu’s future  
27th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Metair is still very much open for business and the group is able to accommodate new clients should they need automotive components or energy solutions, says new CEO Paul O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty,... 


Truck & Bus

New-vehicle sales plummet 11.7% in March
3rd April 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales plummeted by 11.7% in March, to 44 235 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales for the first quarter of the year are now 5.3% below the same period last year. 


China’s LDV launches in the local bakkie, commercial vehicle market
26th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

LDV is the latest automotive brand from China to enter South Africa, with the Asian country seemingly intensifying its efforts to become the world’s new automotive powerhouse. LDV forms part of... 


Cape Town’s MyCiTi Spine Road depot construction 65% complete
20th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says construction work on two new MyCiTi depots, located on the corner of Spine Road and Mew Way between Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain, is now 65% complete. City... 


Toyota, Ford and VW come out tops in 2023 AutoTrader report
15th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

In 2023, Toyota took top position as South Africa’s most sold used-car brand with 60 296 units changing hands, while the Ford Ranger reigned supreme as the country's most sold used model, at 20 156... 


Company invests in driver, vehicle management systems
15th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

Specialist transport group Unitrans continues to invest heavily in various event-based in-vehicle management systems (IVMS) to ensure the safety of its drivers, fleet and cargo in its chemical and... 


'Asian brothers' coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss
8th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Motus’ stable of imported vehicle brands – Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi – all experienced a tough six months towards the end of last year. Speaking at the company’s financial results... 


New-vehicle sales down 0.9%, exports jump by 27.5%
1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Total domestic new-vehicle sales in February declined by 0.9%, to 44 749 units, compared with the same month last year, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. The new-passenger-car market... 


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